lawyer

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From Middle English lawyer, lawer, equivalent to law +‎ -yer.

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lawyer ‎(plural lawyers)

  1. A professional person qualified (as by a law degree and/or bar exam) and authorized to practice law, i.e. conduct lawsuits and/or give legal advice.
    • 1907, Robert W. Chambers, chapter II, The Younger Set:
      His forefathers had been, as a rule, professional men—physicians and lawyers; his grandfather died under the walls of Chapultepec Castle while twisting a tourniquet for a cursing dragoon; an uncle remained indefinitely at Malvern Hill; [].
  2. By extension, a legal layman who argues points of law.

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lawyer ‎(third-person singular simple present lawyers, present participle lawyering, simple past and past participle lawyered)

  1. (informal) To practice law.
  2. To perform, or attempt to perform, the work of a lawyer.
  3. To make legalistic arguments.
  4. To barrage (a person) with questions in order to get them to admit something.
    You've been lawyered!

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  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary. "Lawyer, n."